Facebook in the Classroom
| Peter Klein |
According a new survey, 76 percent of undergraduates here at the University of Missouri are on Facebook at least once a day, and they are more likely to get school-related information from Facebook than from email.
I’ve never used Facebook as an academic resource. If you have, could you share something about your experiences? For example, I could create Facebook Group pages for my courses and use them for announcements, discussion, chat, hosting course materials, etc. Facebook isn’t a substitute for Blackboard, or one of the other specialized teaching platforms, however; it lacks testing and grading features, doesn’t automatically import membership lists from enrollment data, isn’t supported by university IT people, etc. How can Facebook and Blackboard be used effectively as complements?